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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2017 


Here's what we're following on today's rundown: a federal appeals court will not reinstate Trump’s revised travel ban; a shake up at the USDA could hurt rural America; and the body slamming of a reporter in Montana may be part of a bigger pattern of hostility toward journalists.

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Public News Service - IL: LGBTQIA Issues

Lawmakers are being asked to advance progressive legislation at the Capitol on Tuesday. (era.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Women will be making their voices heard at the state Capitol Tuesday. The Illinois Women March on Springfield is being held to bring attention to the lack of a state budget, equal pay, and immigration and LGBTQ issues. March organizer Tracy Baim says women and minority g

Legislation has been filed to make it easier to change a person's gender on an Illinois birth certificate, although similar efforts have failed in the past. (sarahmirk/Wikimedia Commons)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- State lawmakers in Illinois are being asked to support legislation that would allow a person to change the gender marker on their birth certificate. A bill to modernize the state's birth certificate law was filed last week. It would allow transgender Illinoisans to more easily

Young Illinois women are hoping to raise enough money to go to Washington, D.C., later this month. (womensmarch.com)

CHICAGO -- There's an effort underway in Illinois to get young women more involved in the political process. The Women's March on Washington will take place on January 21, and young members of the Illinois chapter are trying to raise enough money to go so they can make their voices heard at the nati

An Illinois civil rights group is praising state lawmakers for advancing a bill to make birth certificate changes easier for transgender people. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A move to change Illinois' birth certificate law is earning praise from a civil rights watchdog. According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the change will help thousands of transgender residents in the state. House Bill 6073, introduced by Rep. Greg Harris, D-

John Knight, director of the LGBT and HIV Project at the ACLU of Illinois, says District 211 is violating federal rules over transgender discrimination. Credit: ACLU of Illinois

CHICAGO - A Chicago-area transgender student who identifies as female again is being denied access to a school locker room by district officials even though the federal Department of Education ordered the school to give her full access to the girls' locker room. John Knight, director of the LGBT an

A same-sex couple says they were denied access to an Illinois facility for a civil-union ceremony. <br />Credit: earl53/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Supporters of equal rights are celebrating a victory against discrimination in Illinois. The Illinois Human Rights Commission on Thursday ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who claimed they were denied access to the Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton to hold their civil-u

PHOTO: A federal court in Chicago recently approved a policy that bans the use of solitary confinement of juveniles held by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The use of juvenile solitary confinement in Illinois will soon become a relic of the past. A federal judge has approved a new policy negotiated by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union that bans the use of solitary confinement for juv

PHOTO: Illinois lawmakers are considering a ban on the practice of conversion therapy on minors. While opponents claim the legislation infringes upon a family's right to privacy, supporters say conversion therapy is unethical and linked to depression and suicidal behavior. Photo credit: Sophia Dzikas/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois could follow the lead of other states that have made a controversial practice aimed at "curing" homosexuality in adolescents illegal. The Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act (HB 217; SB 111) would specifically ban any mental health provider from engaging in efforts to ch

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